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prognostic of advance—in the loftier aims and in the art more especially of her vocation—it is sufficiently impregnate with the sterling ore of fancy to preserve these flowers from early fading; perhaps to secure their amaranthine bloom. This may seem not ordinary commendation; but, while for the repression of vanity and on obvious grounds, we would keep the standard high; and while, as will be seen, these poems are obnoxious to critical remark, we feel, that where the fact of power, the essence of genius, or a deep spirituality exists, there is, in their respective spheres the germ of all other excellence; its development then becomes matter of cultivation and circumstance. Among the more prominent excellences of this young writer, we note feelings exquisitely alive to the forms and symbolic significance of nature, and the resulting ability to describe them at first hand; and while copying the descriptions of preceding poets so little, as almost to indicate ignorance of their existence, hers show something of the suggestive generalism and bold sketching which avoids a Flemish minuteness of detail, and at the same time connects them with those human interests which give them half their beauty and all their value. The small repetition of imagery, considering the extent of the volume, shows her feeling of the exhaustless wealth of nature in this last respect, as affording a mine of innocent human joy. There is, besides a true poetic tenderness, a deep and pensive sympathy with her kind, a quick ideal realization of the experience, the sorrows especially, of human life; and what is of still better omen, glances of that more pervading sympathy, and deep, inward working of our nature, distinctive of the higher order of poetic mind, and which demands a larger moral experience to be developed and completed. There is, as we have intimated, a base of material excellence in these poems, which can afford some friendly and respectful admonitions; the authoress is too good to be let go without some measure of kindly severity. We are perhaps precluded remarking upon the extremely disjointed character of these productions, since this is but in keeping with their title; yet the talent they display would have justified its occasional exertion at least, on longer and more connected themes. A parterre in its place is not less pleasing than the wilder beauties of the woods and of the fields. There is a singular want of the literary element in the volume, of the selection and treatment of those striking incidents in history, those displays of the passions, and those deep-graved lines of character which afford to the describer the materials and the means of poetic effect; and which furnish at once the opportunity and the test of poetic pathos and power. The writer, too, shows, as is natural, considerable want of mastery over her art. We meet with many careless rhymes, some false ones, and sometimes with no rhyme at all. A little care and increased practice will remedy these and kindred defects, which, though not affecting the essence of poetry, do indicate some non-appreciation of an almost essential of the divine art, music and the soul of harmony. Much care and exercise, the discriminations of the judgment, and the selection of taste, are needful to the perfection of good writing either in poetry or prose. He who cannot be denied to be a poet, has recorded of his own art:

Ego nec studium sine divite vená
Nec rude quid prosit video ingenium.
Horace, Epist. ad Pisones.

We bid her, even earnestly, to beware of some forms of low colloquialism ; of thoughts merely expletive, which are of questionable relevancy, and with scarcely any logical congruity, the evident result of the exigencies of the metre rather than the course of association, or the suggestion of the forms and hues of fancy. There is one whole piece (page 130.) which most remotely illustrates its heading, reminding us of the book written before its title ; strongly contrasted, however, we are happy to add, with the little gem on the same subject on page 48. We would strongly recommend the reconstruction of not a few lines, and the substitution in several of thoughts more connected and more striking. There is, again, besides the partialities of maternity for some pet terms and phrases, an occasional vagueness which is not mysticism, religious or philosophic ; were it so, the shield might possibly have been spread over her, and more perhaps have been said for it, than this age of steam and facts would relish. It is rather that which betrays the absence of clear and defined thoughts; in fact, in these instances, abortive conceptions.

The Pictorial Sunday Book. By John Kitto, D.D. London: Charles Knight.

We are glad to announce the completion of this work, which adds another, and by no means inconsiderable, claim on the gratitude of the religious public to those previously possessed by Dr. Kitto. Such a work was much needed, and we know no man better fitted to supply it than the learned editor. It is designed to present at the cheapest rate a series of engravings illustrative of the Bible history, the prophecies, the psalms, the life of our Saviour, and the Acts of the Apostles; exhibiting, in the form best adapted to interest and instruct the youthful mind, the scenes of scriptural events, the customs of the Jews, the natural history of Palestine, and the antiquities which throw light on the inspired volume. Matters of controversy are scrupulously avoided, and a course of sabbath reading is supplied, eminently adapted to the wants and capacities of the young. Those parents who have felt the need of suitable occupation for their children on the sabbath, cannot do better than introduce them to such a companion, whose external embellishments attract and gratify the eye, while its communications are well calculated to induce an intelligent and cordial attachment to the best of books.

We thank Dr. Kitto for this labour of love, and strongly commend it to the favour of our readers.

Narrative of an Expedition to the Polar Seas in the Years 1821, 1822,

and 1823. Commanded by Lieut. (now Admiral) Ferdinand Von Wrangell. Second Edition, with additions. Edited by Lieut.-Col.

Edward Sabine, R.A., F.R.S. London: Madden and Co. The English public are greatly indebted to Colonel Sabine for having rendered the Narrative of Admiral Wrangell accessible to them. By all who are interested in maritime discovery the volume cannot fail to be highly prized, whilst the details which it furnishes will greatly assist those who follow in the track of the Russian seaman. The present edition has been corrected by M. Von Wrangell himself, and though published in a much cheaper form than its predecessor, contains an additional chapter, sketching the proceedings of the Ustiansk Expedition to the islands in the Polar Sea, opposite to the mouth of the Iana. The narrative contains much to interest the general reader, as well as to inform those who have a professional concern in its details.

Cobbin's Child's Commentator on the Holy Scriptures. Parts I. and II.

London : Ward and Co. . This little work obtained, we believe, a considerable circulation when first issued about ten years ago. It is now reprinted in an enlarged and tastefully-illustrated form, in sixpenny parts, and is well fitted to accomplish its professed object. The style of exposition is very simple, and adapted to interest the youngest readers. It is at once lucid and attractive, and the wood engravings with which it abounds will serve still further to gratify the juvenile pupil. The parts--of which there are to be twenty-four-are to appear on the 1st and 15th of every month, forming together two volumes.

Knight's Books of Reference. Political Dictionary: containing all the

General Terms, whether historical or in present use, of Con stitutional and Ecclesiastical Law, of Civil Administration, of Political Economy and Social Relations; forming also a work of universal reference in all the more important statistical departments of Finance and Commerce.

Vol. I. Parts I. and II. London : Charles Knight & Co. It would as yet be premature to pronounce a decided opinion on this work, the scope of which is sufficiently indicated by its title. Two parts only are published, consisting of two hundred and fifty-six pages ; two hundred and forty of which are occupied with the letter A. Judging, however, from what is before us, we strongly incline to the opinion that Knight's Political Dictionary will be one of the most useful works which have recently issued from the British press. It embraces a wide range of important topics, the history and science of which are unfolded in a manner highly creditable to the talents and information of the writers. The work is published in monthly parts, price two shillings each, and is intended to be completed in twenty of these, respecting the practicability of which, however, we entertain some doubt.

The Encyclical Letter of our Lord Pope Gregory XVI., to all Patriarchs, Primates, Archbishops, and Bishops, issued May 8, 1844. Translated into English by Sir Culling Eardley Smith, Bart. With the Latin text and the authorized Italian translation appended. 8vo. pp. 33. London: John Snow.

Few protestants are aware of the diligence and zeal with which the adherents of popery are now seeking the dissemination of their faith. Facts, however, are so rapidly accumulating, that we shall be forced ere long to recognize the truth, and the sooner this is done the better. An important step will be gained when the true protestants of this country are fully apprized of the measures of the papacy. We may then hope to see them emulate the zeal of their opponents, and when once they do so, we shall have no fear of the result. With these views we thank Sir Culling Smith for the publication before us. It is well timed, and eminently fitted to be useful. It tears away the veil behind which the real spirit of the papacy is sought to be concealed, and discloses to protestant eyes its unmitigated hostility to the general circulation of the inspired volume. The letter of the pope, here presented in an English dress, is an authoritative manifesto against such circulation. There is no gainsaying its evidence, no appeal from its decision, and his allegiance to the popedom is more than questionable who does not immediately comply with the mandate issued. This letter was published in Latin and Italian in the official gazette of the papal government, on the 25th of May last; and is now presented to the British public as an instructive warning, adapted to rectify some popular misconceptions, and to stimulate the pious labours of all enlightened protestants. We strongly recommend its early perusal to our readers, and especially to such of them as occupy the ministerial office.

Saul, a Dramatic Sketch. Josephine to Napoleon, with other Poems and Translations. London: B. Kempton.

The author is evidently a man of classic taste, and of an elegant mind. The volume is a suitable present for his own circle of acquaintance, where it will find many admirers, but it is not likely to win the now sated ear of the great public.

The Life of Sir Thomas More. By the Right Hon. Sir James Mackintosh. London: Longman and Co.

HAviNg repeatedly expressed our opinion of this biography, we need say no more at present than that the edition before us is an exceedingly neat and tasteful one. It is got up in the olden style, and is printed separately from the other biographies with which it was originally associated. Though not able to go to the full extent of the biographer's panegyric, we know few volumes over whose pages we more love to ponder.


Literary Intelligence.

In the Press. The Correspondence and some other Remains of the late John Foster, with a Memoir by J. E. Ryland, Translator of Neander's Church History,' and Notices of Mr. Foster as a Preacher and a Companion, by John Sheppard, Author of 'Thoughts on Private Devotion ;' may be expected to appear in in the course of a few months.

Just Published. Vacation Rambles and Thoughts; comprising the Recollections of Three Continental Tours in the Vacations of 1841, 1842, and 1843. By T. N. Talfourd, D.C.L., Sergeant-at-Law. In Two Volumes. Vol. I.

Journal of a Clergyman during a Visit to the Peninsula in the Summer and Autumn of 1841. By the Rev. W. Robertson.

The Collegian's Guide ; or, Recollections of College Days, setting forth the Advantages and Temptations of University Education. By the Rev. * ***, M.A.

Parochialia ; or, Church-Schoul and Parish. The Church System and Services Practically considered. By John Sandford, M.A.

The Pictorial Sunday-Book. By John Kitto, D.D.

History of the Reformation in Germany. By Leopold Ranke. Second Edition. Translated by Sarah Austin. Vols. 1. and II.

The History of Sweden. Translated from the Original of Anders Fryxell. Edited by Mary Howitt. Vol. l.

Saul : 'a Dramatic Sketch. Josephine to Napoleon ; with other Poems and Translations.

A Collection of Psalm and Hymn Tunes; comprising the best Compusitions in general use, and including many by eminent English and Foreign Musicians, which are now for the first time published in this country, Harmonized for Four Voices, with an Arrangement for the Organ and Pianoforte : forming the First Part of the People's Music Book. Edited by James Turle, Esq., and Edward Taylor, Esq.

Sacred Music; comprising Anthems by the most eminent English Composers from the period of the Reformation to the present time, Hymns, Anthems, Motets, and Sacred Songs, selected from the Works of celebrated Italian and German Composers, and adapted to English words, with an Accompaniment for the Organ and Pianoforte; forming the Second Part of the People's Music Book. Edited by James Turle, Esq., and Edward Taylor, Esq.

The Natural History of Animals ; being the Substance of Three Courses of Lectures delivered before the Royal Institution of Great Britain. By Thomas Rymer Jones, F.R.S., F.Z.S.

The Curiosities of Heraldry, with Illustrations by old English Writers. By Mark Anthony Lower. With numerous Wood Engravings.

The Scottish Church Question. By the Rev. Adolphus Sydon.

Congregational Dissent Apostolical Conformity : an Introductory Discourse. By A. J. Morris.

Old England's Alarum.
Letters on Mesmerism By Harriet Martineau.

Christian Baptism ; an Enquiry into the Scripture Evidence of its Nature, the Mode, Subjects, and Design of the Rite, and the Meaning of the Term. By John H. Godwin.

The Mother's First Book; containing Reading Made Easy and the Spelling Book. In two parts. By Mrs. Marcet.

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